Montero had just recently emerged from the doldrums at the plate that had begun early last season. He hit .600 in his last 10 at-bats with two home runs and two doubles, but now must try to work his way back to the big-league club.
Howard entered the game just 6 for 30 with two doubles, three walks and 13 strikeouts, and while he did send his first ball over the outfield fence, he also struck out two more times. He has had trouble staying on the field the last two seasons.
McCutchen has been on fire this spring, clubbing three home runs while going 12 for 22 with two doubles, four RBI, two walks and one stolen base. He's now hit at least three home runs in each of the last four springs.
Porcello has now given up 17 hits in 12 1/3 innings with a 7.30 ERA. He is penciled in as the fourth starter this season after recording a 13-8 mark and 4.32 ERA in 2013.
Beeler made three appearances this spring, surrendering three earned runs on nine hits and three walks in seven innings. Hatley allowed one earned run in three innings over four appearances.
Chen gave up one earned run on three hits in four innings, walking one and striking out three. He has yielded just one earned run in his last seven innings pitched and is a set starter in the Baltimore rotation.
"It should be fine," Gattis said Friday. "It’s just a matter of watching it. I ice both knees every day, just because. So they won’t get swollen or sore. It’s preventive. A routine to be able to play the next day."
Gattis had a bone chip removed that had been "floating around" since 2006. He hadn't caught back-to-back games this spring before doing so Wednesday and Thursday.
Phelps has yielded just four earned runs in 13 2/3 innings pitched this spring.
Beckett wasn't certain to make Friday's start as recently as Wednesday due to a thumb sprain he has been nursing. He had been scheduled to throw four innings Friday but only managed three. Becektt owns a 5.63 ERA and 4:3 K:BB ratio in eight spring innings.